Company activities rotate around a green area that is enclosed by the various volumes of the buildings. The space operates in several ways: as a passage, a meeting point, a juncture of pathways at different levels and a lounge area. The quality of the open space is emotionally engaging and reflects the company’s values and philosophy.
Once inside the showroom, you loose visual contact with the exterior: light enters through the glass ceiling and floods the space inside. The building has been conceived as a “display case” that contains Spidi sample products: a framework built in lightweight steel and glass that provides perfectly uniform lighting. Controlled, natural light enters through the roof plane that is composed of several layers of different materials: the first layer is selective glass that allows penetration of only 40% of visible radiation; the second layer is frosted glass that diffuses direct solar radiation, and the third layer is a system of SPI canvas screens for incorporating fluorescent lighting. Interchangeable, different color temperature lamps (2700 and 6000 °K) were mounted as artificial lighting to complement the natural lighting tone during the different hours of the day. The combination of the two lamps is controlled using a DALI system that uses sensors and specific software to measure the quantity and the quality of the light that is integrated.
The indoor lighting effects are emphasized by a structural system that has been specifically designed to be light and “fluid” for the penetration of light; the materials used are intentionally homogenous and monochromatic.
The steel portals are attached to the heavy, reinforced concrete prefab frame that converges in a minimal joint fixture: the tension and the contrast between the two different construction systems highlight the lightness and quality of the metallic framework.
The showroom is a vital and changing environment that can be continually reinterpreted and renovated. In order to achieve this, many solutions originating from the world of theatre have been used: the walls are covered with fabric that can be customized like set designs; the floors are built with modular, access floor panels that are suitable for connections to electrical, audio and data systems.
Location: Sarego, Italy
Design Team: A. Rizzotto, J. Taylor
Structural Analysis: G. Piccioli
Construction Firms: Impresa De Grandi, Simeon Carpenterie
Interior Furnishings: Essequattro
Client: Spidi Sport
Project year: 2005-2006